A menu of experiences

Self-catering upgrades for a boutique stay

Choosing a self-catering stay now offers so many of the indulgent treats often associated with a boutique hotel. A holiday cottage offers more space, privacy, private garden and importantly no agendas.  If you are seeking a few indulgences, we have a host of upgrades and special touches which will make your self-catering stay extra special.

Explore more with guided experiences

Holidays are as much about experiences as the accommodation.

For this reason, we've curated a menu of experiences for guests to help them explore more.   From guided walks, to peddling lanes, paddling rivers to cold water swimming, trying your hand at clay showing to foraging in the woods.

The country side around Elsie's promises open spaces, with miles of tracks to hike, whilst country lanes are a great way to explore with peddle power and with so many epic rivers winding through the county paddling downstream is a stunning way to see nature on the water.

  • Guided Malvern Hills End to end - full day - picnic or cafe lunch, Pickup from Elsie's cottage, to start at North Hill, end Elsie's cottage. time 5 hrs. Distance 10 miles.
  • peddle power with electric of push bikes. Ride quiet lanes through quaint villages, discover amazing views and stop off for a pint or tea and cake. Time 2.5 hrs. distance 20 miles. Start Pick up from Elsie's for bike fit and ride.
  • Paddle the river - drive to rendezvous - depending on the river will be nr Upton or Ross - on- wye. Time - 1/2 day. All equipment provided.
  • Clay shooting - have a  shot with a private coach to guide you to success. Pick up at Elsie's cottage,  drive to shooting ground. 10-20 shots, tea and cake and drop home. Time 3 hrs.

Culinary delights

Food is one of life's pleasures, so tickling our taste buds with flavours and produce of the region can be a focal point for many of us on our holibobs.

There's no need to feel like you are missing out on great food on a self-catering holiday. Act Elsie's we offer a range of foodie options to make your stay a real treat.

We can offer not only hampers and grazing platters but also workshops to return home with a new culinary skill.

  • Pizza kit with sourdough balls, tomato sauce, cheese and veggie toppings.
  • Full English, cook up your bacon, sausages, eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes inside or out over the BBQ, Or maybe indulge in artisan pastries for a touch of sweet indulgence.
  • Pub night in -  with an artisan burger kit. 8 oz Herefordshire beef burger, brioche bun, cheese, tomatoes, veg and sauces.
  • BBQ feast with locally produced lamb, sausage and burger.
  • Deli Platter - arrive to a platter of the best local cheeses, meats and goodies from the deli counter including scotch eggs, olives, dips and pickles.
  • Sourdough bread workshop with award winning artisan bakers - full or half day workshop at Peter Cooks Bread, learn the art of baking amazing sourdough and return home with your very own starter kit.

Find your new passion

Our everyday lives are full of routines and commitments, whilst holidays are time dedicated to doing things that time doesn't seem to allow for at home.

So why not try a new hobby or discover your creative streak. We have built our own little crafting box with kits for flower pressing, sketching, journalling and gardening.

There are binoculars and books to encourage you to star gaze and bird watch as well as plenty of nooks and crannies to watch or make without any of the distractions of home.

If you are looking for an experiential workshop we can help there too.

  • Choose from a menu of mindful crafting mono printing, slow stitching or circle weaving.  All delivered by your workshop leader at home at Elsie's cottage.
  • Pottery throw down - Make your way to Easton pottery just 5 mins drive to try your hand at the potters wheel. full day. Lunch included.

Spa at home

Many of us love a spa. Soaking in a tub, a good massage or facial and feeling utterly pampered.

Elsie's will help you relax as soon as you walk through the door. There's aromatic oils and the hot tub is warmed for your arrival soak. For that full spa experience we can arrange a massage at home, or a guided meditation session, yoga or a facial. You really will feel utterly pampered and rejuvenated after a spa stay with us.

  • In house massage - choose from full back, facial or neck and shoulder massage
  • Guided meditation - Your tutor will take you through a meditative process to help you wind down and repair.
  • Personal yoga session. Your teacher will deliver an hours yoga session designed for you at the cottage. either indoors or our on the terrace.
  • Goodies bag full of locally produced sustainable products to use and try during your stay.

Simple pleasures

As a final bonus, our cottage offers lots of little nooks, to curl up and enjoy a book or listen to music.

To help we'll provide a shelf of great reading, a bluetooth speaker to stream your favorite tunes. Binoculars to bird watch or star gaze.

More than anything though, Elsie's offers spaces to stop and unwind.  A hidden garden spot, or cosy corner with a snuggly sofa, a bubble bath to soak in or woods and hills to discover on your doorstep and enjoy to yourself.

Living in a different space gives us a flavour of a different life, which, when taken back home lasts on in our memory and may inspire us to new things.  Isn't that what holidays are all about?

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